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Cards sweep DH from Cubs, tie franchise record with 14th consecutive win

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The streak continues! The Cardinals have won 14 straight games, tying the franchise record set back in 1935. The latest victories came in a double header sweep over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Friday. In Game One,  the Cardinals had three different 2-run homers. Paul Goldschmidt, Tyler O’Neill and Jose Rondon all went deep as the Cardinals beat the Cubs 8-5. 

In Game Two,  Tyler O’Neill homered again giving him 31 on the season. Lars Nootbaar hit a pair of homer and Harrison Bader and Paul DeJong also added a solo shots as the Cardinals routed the Cubs 12-4 to make it 14 straight wins.

Jon Lester gets the start against his former team on Saturday as the Cardinals look for a new franchise record 15th straight win.   

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Removing the %&*@ from Maine’s vanity plates will take time

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Removing the flipping obscenities from license plates on Maine’s roads and highways isn’t going to happen overnight, even though a law banning such profanities in a state where such regulation has been unusually lax goes into effect Monday.

Currently, there are license plates with salty language including f-bombs, references to anatomy and sex acts, and general insults. One license plate says simply, “F—-Y0U” — except that on the plate, it’s plainly spelled out.

Now, rule-making is getting underway to ensure the law protects First Amendment rights while getting rid of obscene language.

The process, which includes public comment, could take between two to four months, Secretary of State Shenna Bellows said.

Requests for so-called vanity license plates that are deemed to be potentially offensive will be on hold in the meantime. Eventually, the state will begin recalling previously issued plates, likely this winter.

“Rule-making will delay the process of active removal of plates from the road but will help us balance the free speech rights of citizens and the public interest of removing inappropriate license plates,” she said.

A majority of states have restrictions on license plate messages that are considered profane, sexually suggestive, racist, drug related, politically objectionable or religiously offensive.

But Maine became the “wild, wild, wild west of vanity license plates” when the state dropped its review process in 2015. “Our anything-goes approach was unusual,” Bellows said.

As a former executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, Bellows understands the importance of the First Amendment protections on free speech. But she acknowledged she didn’t understand the extent of “really disturbing” license plates before she was sworn in as secretary of state earlier this year.

There have been lawsuits over the issue in other states.

Last year, a federal judge ruled that California couldn’t enforce a ban on vanity license plates it considers “offensive to good taste and decency.”

The California law was overly broad, so states must be careful to target license plates that are profane or obscene, or represent hate speech.

In Maine, there are about 121,000 vanity license plates on the roads in a state with about 1.3 million residents. An estimated 400 offensive plates could be subject to recall, officials said.

Bellows said she’s looking at it this way: “If you can’t say it on the 6 o’clock news, it shouldn’t be on a license plate.”

“The license plate is the property of the state,” she said. “If you really want an offensive slogan on your car, then you can use a bumper sticker.”

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Vikings elevate TE Luke Stocker off practice squad for Carolina game

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ The Vikings on Saturday elevated tight end Luke Stocker off the practice squad to the active roster for Sunday’s game at Carolina.

Stocker, an 11-year veteran, was signed to the practice squad on Wednesday. With Ben Ellefson having been ruled out against the Panthers with a knee injury, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer had indicted on Friday that Stocker could be elevated.

“He’s come on real quick as far as learning and understanding kind of the playbook and plays that we may end up having for him,’’ Zimmer said. “So we’ll see.’’

The Vikings will have three tight ends in uniform on Sunday in starter Tyler Conklin and reserves Chris Herndon and Stocker.

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St. Paul rent control measure on Nov. 2 ballot brings out hopes, fears on all sides

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Bahieh Hartshorn recalls spending her first year or two out of college taking out payday loans to help make rent.

Hartshorn even relocated to find cheaper digs, and as a housing advocate, she’s heard heartbreaking stories from low-income tenants — many of them Spanish-speaking immigrants — who saw their monthly rents go up by hundreds of dollars when their building ownership changed hands.

With those experiences in mind, Hartshorn — a renter and board chair of the West Side Community Organization — plans to vote “yes” on a ballot initiative in November that would cap residential rents in St. Paul at 3 percent annually. “People feel it in the gut how much they need that stability,” she said.

Jason George is urging the members of his trade union to vote “no” on the same ballot question. St. Paul already tends to lag Minneapolis in terms of new housing construction, and he worries housing investors will avoid funding new projects in the city.

“If this ordinance passes, there will be fewer affordable-housing developments, for sure,” said George, business manager with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49, which operates construction cranes and other heavy machinery. “Future developments are sources of city revenue. That’s how they pay for plowing the roads and fixing the streets, which are also things our trades do.”

‘RENT STABILIZATION’ MEASURE ON NOV. 2 BALLOT

In St. Paul, a renter-majority city, the “rent stabilization” ballot question has split housing advocates and forced soul-searching among elected officials who have long committed to keeping stable housing accessible to everyday families.

Pointing to a possible slowdown on housing investment, four of the seven St. Paul City Council members have publicly opposed the ballot initiative, as have most of the mayoral candidates on the Nov. 2 ballot. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey recently vetoed one of two rent-control-related ballot questions in his city.

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter on Tuesday said he would vote “yes,” though he also expressed concern about the impact on new construction and said changes to the ordinance will be needed down the line.

“I am voting ‘yes’ for rent stabilization, not because the policy is flawless as drafted — we can and must make it better, quickly — but because it’s a start,” Carter said, in an announcement posted to social media.

UNLIKE ST. PAUL’S PROPOSAL, OTHER CITIES EXEMPT NEW CONSTRUCTION

Rent limits can be organized in many ways. That’s fed a pointed debate across the Twin Cities. In his recently published book “The Affordable City,” urban planner Shane Phillips makes the case for anti-gouging laws that protect residential tenants from double-digit rent increases. He’s supportive of “rent control,” but a certain kind of rent control.

“There are vanishingly few reasons why a landlord should need to raise a person’s rent by more than 10 percent in any given year,” writes Phillips, who manages the Lewis Center Housing Initiative at the University of California-Los Angeles.

Phillips, however, takes a dim view of any “rent control” or “rent stabilization” policy imposed on new housing, at least within the first 15 or 20 years of construction. Developers need a financial incentive to build new units, and landlords need time to fill up those units and recoup their investment, he writes, especially during an economic downtown. Otherwise, a lack of construction helps no one.

“If they’re forced to lease new units at a loss for the first few years … they may as well declare bankruptcy on opening day,” he writes. “Developers will understandably avoid cities where this is a possibility, and supply will stagnate. This is why rent stabilization doesn’t apply to new housing virtually anywhere in the world.”

Depending upon whom you ask, his writings form a rationale or an indictment of the ballot proposal that will be presented to St. Paul voters next month, as well as a similar effort that will have to pass through a few more steps in Minneapolis.

A 3 PERCENT ANNUAL CAP

In both cities, housing advocates have proposed capping annual rent increases at 3 percent, and the new limit would apply regardless of whether the apartments are owned by big developers or small mom-and-pop operators, or old or new construction. If a tenant moves out, the unit would still be subject to the same cap on rent increases.

Critics are calling St. Paul’s proposed “rent stabilization” ordinance the most restrictive in the country, if not the free world. Proponents say the proposal is overdue against the backdrop of rising rent prices that have proven to be recession-proof and pandemic-proof.

Concerned about the possible negative impact on housing construction, the state’s two largest unions associated with homebuilding — the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters and the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49 — have joined a political action committee urging residents to vote “no” on the question.

Other members of the Sensible Housing Ballot Committee include the St. Paul Area Chamber, the St. Paul Area Association of Realtors, the Minneapolis Area Realtors, the Minneapolis Regional Chamber, the Minneapolis Downtown Council and the Minnesota Multi Housing Association.

“Yes, indeed there is a housing affordability problem that we’re facing. It’s a real problem. But this is the wrong solution,” said committee chair Cecil Smith, president of the Multi Housing Association, in an interview.

Smith called the proposed ordinance “the strictest, most draconian rent control that anyone has ever seen in our country, if not the world. There’s no exceptions for new development or for small property owners and single-family homes. … We want voters to think twice about that and understand what they’re really voting on. Let’s turn our attention to solutions.”

‘KEEP ST. PAUL HOME’ CAMPAIGN

Advocates with rent-stabilization proponents “Keep St. Paul Home,” however, say a flat 3 percent cap on rent increases actually fixes problems that have emerged in other cities that have imposed rent control. That includes New York City, where competition for housing remains high, and rents on new units and de-controlled properties no longer subject to the restrictions are among the highest anywhere.

“For the past 20 years, median rent has not increased more than 3 percent (annually),” said Tram Hoang, a campaign manager for the St. Paul ballot initiative. “That tells us 3 percent is enough. It’s generous. People have been able to keep up with property taxes and maintenance, even amidst economic turbulence like the (2008) foreclosure crisis.”

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Bonnie Blodgett: The problem with honeybees, super-foragers

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Bonnie Blodgett: My friend prevailed over the preservationists and the result shimmers

I’m indebted to one of my recent Airbnb guests, who lives in Lanesboro, for bringing me up to speed on turkeys. Yes, wild turkeys.

These magical (to my eye) creatures now roaming our streets as if they owned them and without a care in the world, I rank among the best innovations of recent decades.

Bonnie Blodgett

Turns out that turkeys were forcibly removed from Minnesota in the previous century. Farmers didn’t like them. They were regarded the same way timber wolves were, but instead of being hunted down, they were rounded up and then “removed.”

The politically correct term for their wholesale slaughter is “extirpated.” In the 1970s, a few brave naturalists wondered if it might not be wise to bring them back. I’ll save a discussion of the practical pros and cons for those for whom there are cons. As for me, I couldn’t be happier, and couldn’t care less if the turkeys are a brazen affront to the sort of person who dislikes wild things making spectacles of themselves, especially if such spectacles result in traffic jams and the odd fender-bender, or a bit of a mess below the tree branch on which the birds camped out for the night.

That their manure is jam-packed with organic soil nutrients is an argument that would not move certain people whose horror of you-know-what, thankfully, doesn’t discriminate. Whether human or canine or avian, it’s all equally godawful!

Being a gardener, poop is just the opposite to me. But it isn’t poop that puts a grin on my face whenever a wild turkey crosses my path.

Anyway, the program to bring them back has been, by most accounts, wildly successful. The birds have done very little wrong and the vast majority of the humans I query on the topic are just as starstruck as I am.

It’s not just that they’re wild. It’s that they’re gorgeous.

In fact, the turkeys’ languid beauty (their deliberate way of walking reminds me of a runway model) is the only point of contention in my household, which consists of me, my dog and five extremely attractive chickens who are understandably miffed by my comments (when made within earshot of them) regarding the wild turkeys’ superior enchantments.

Sorry, girls, but YOU don’t stop traffic. They do.

So, getting back to gardening …

Latin names can be tricky, at least for me.

In my last column, I put “Whitespire” birch tree in the wrong species by calling it a paper birch. The tree’s white bark may look like paper, but it’s a gray birch (Betula populifolia).

That I grow three of them makes my error all the more egregious, not to mention downright insulting to my trees.

But wait. It gets worse.

First, though, I should mention that the mistake appeared in a column about a landscape design that relies mostly on native plants.

I will blame blundering fingers, not my aging brain, for the misspelling of the Latin name for the non-native Korean Feather Reed Grass. It’s Calamagrostis, not Calamafrostis … despite the decidedly frosty look of the grass when its airy plumes are at their height of splendor.

I did get the species name right: “Karl Forster x acutifolia.”

But alas, the honey locust I called Gleditsia tracanthus is actually “G. triacanthos.”

And yes, I grow G. triacanthos, too, the very same cultivar I mentioned in the column, “Sunburst.”

The man who spotted these errors happens to be a regular (and mostly appreciative) reader and a taxonomy freak. He kindly offered some fascinating insights into the issues I mentioned regarding native plants.

In sum, he observed that not all natives play nice with others, just as not all non-natives do. Native locusts, for instance, can be just as invasive in their own habitat as European buckthorn.

That said, the natural world would be a lot better off had humans not tried to reorganize it, digging up plants “discovered” in strange lands and planting them among native populations as if this wouldn’t have any negative consequences.

Turns out it’s just as bad as putting tigers in zoos. But whereas zoos are going the way of the coal-mining industry, there’s no way plants can be packed up and sent back home. The tiger is outta that zoo. Just as the world has become a human melting pot, so it is with plants.

And just as new plants destabilize native plant communities, so also do human immigrants. And in much the same way. They compete with natives for scarce resources.

Plants and people and wild turkeys aren’t the only natives threatened from time to time by non-natives. Insects are, too. All living things are.

Back before modern technology radically reduced the size of our planet, while simultaneously growing human population and human appetites, ecosystems evolved pretty much as closed systems.

By that I mean the living things within the ecosystem maintained a balance through what evolutionary biologists call predator-prey. The unique conditions for life in a particular place — weather mostly — dictated what lived and died there. Alpines evolved in cold places and tropicals in the Tropics.

It seems a day doesn’t go by without news of some ecosystem gone haywire, resulting in anything from a species extinction to a natural disaster.

Efforts to restore the balance are often thwarted by competing human interests, or by disinformation, or both.

There is consternation on all fronts about the decline in bee populations. As usual, this decline is not as simple as it seems. Yes, all bees, being tiny creatures, are threatened by chemicals that were intended to kill pests and ended up doing a lot of collateral damage with their own unintended effects, much as drones kill innocent civilians along with “known terrorists,” thus creating more terrorists.

It wasn’t until humans themselves, we who caused the non-native problem in the first place, felt endangered (our health, that is) that forces rallied around a fix.

Not only are manmade chemicals bad for human health, so is a decline in bee populations. We need them to pollinate our food crops.

Enter yet another complication. The food industry’s most important pollinating bee is not native. It is European. Any efforts to save it from extinction endanger other (native) bees.

What’s good for honeybees is bad for native bees including bumblebees, such as the doomed rusty patch.

That’s because, just as with plants, non-natives often lack natural predators when introduced into a new ecosystem and destroy the balance by preying on the vulnerabilities of existing species who do have natural predators.

In other words, if no species is designed to identify a honeybee as “dinner,” the honeybee will be a stronger competitor for whatever nectar is available than those who must deal with multiple threats.

The honeybee itself has become one of those threats.

“Honeybees are super-foraging machines and they are literally taking the pollen out of the mouths of other bees and other pollinators,” Stephen Buchmann, a pollination ecologist specializing in bees and an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona, told Yale Environment 360. “They have huge extraction efficiency — with the waggle dance and how quickly they can mobilize — and they can very quickly take down the standing stock of pollen and nectar.”

Beekeepers who make honey (a nice reward for saving honeybees) are now being accused of profiting at the expense of the bees that were always here.

Meanwhile, the headlines are full of honeybee colony collapse because the peril they face is a greater IMMEDIATE peril to us.

Just because there’s an industry that depends on one sort of bee, a non-native at that, to enable such human foods as almonds to be grown in quantities far larger than they do in their natural habitats, does that mean its bees should be given special treatment, too?

I ran into U of M bee expert Marla Spivak recently and put the question to her. She heaved a deep sigh and directed me to her website, where I did find a brief reference to this problem.

So, if the world’s leading authority on bees is flummoxed, it’s hardly surprising that those whose livelihood depends on honeybees are angry at the “tree-hugging types” who side with natives.

Spivak would have us focus not on consequences, bad as they are, but on solutions that address the root causes of all this destabilization.

She believes that our agricultural system needs to change, from the bottom up. We can no longer rely on chemical fertilizers and pest-killers applied in massive quantities to monoculture crops to feed our world. The future is with small-scale and self-sufficient farming, gardening and living … if, that is, there is to BE a future for our extraordinary, priceless, one-in-a-billion planet.

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Your Money: Four traits of powerful portfolios

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As an investor, you have to navigate a 24/7 flood of information about the markets from multiple sources: cable TV pundits, cab drivers (if you even can find them), day-trading bloggers — even relatives come to mind. It can be tough to avoid the fog of vague promises, eye-popping returns, claims of fail-safe market-timing and so on. Instead, we believe investors can benefit from clear-eyed, disciplined portfolios founded on four guiding principles:

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EFFECTIVE DIVERSIFICATION

Diversification is based on a simple idea of not putting all your eggs in one basket. In a more formal sense, it’s the rare “free lunch” in investing that allows you to seek better returns for the risk you take.

By investing across fundamentally unrelated sources of return from stocks, bonds, or cash, and reducing overlapping risks across asset classes, you may be better positioned for market downturns while participating when conditions improve.

ONGOING MANAGEMENT

One of the reasons many investors choose to work with a financial adviser is that they no longer have the time or interest in managing their own money. They’d rather spend both on things that are more important to them.

Avoiding market bubbles, finding opportunities among 70+ global markets and thousands of available strategies, and executing on your investment strategy takes time, evidence-based research, skill, and resources. At a macro level, an investor’s overall asset allocation will account for the majority of their portfolio’s risk and return (and a significant chunk of the management effort). In our experience, concentrating on security selection, manager performance and tactical asset allocation is considerably less impactful than the contribution of asset allocation to a portfolio’s overall return.

COST EFFICIENCY

One of the criticisms frequently leveled against the financial services industry — and it’s a fair one, to be sure — is that unnecessarily high fees and lack of reporting transparency can eat into investment returns, often at the expense of individual investors. Powerful portfolios should provide transaction costs, expense ratios, and custody fees that are reasonable for the value received.

Furthermore, you should only pay for what adds clear value to your financial picture. For investors, that is found in working with advisers who offer financial planning, ongoing advice, and rigorous, academically supported sources of return.

TAX EFFICIENCY

Next to asset allocation, effectively managing tax and cost/expense considerations are probably the biggest determinant of return and should be an important focus. Tax efficiency simply means keeping more of what you earn from your investments. For most individuals and families, this means locating your assets where they can be most productive (that is, diversified across a mix of taxable, tax-deferred, and tax-free vehicles), implementing tax-loss harvesting and withdrawal sourcing strategies, and using tax-sensitive security selection techniques that may improve long-term portfolio outcomes.

By understanding how a portfolio rates in these four categories, you can better assess its results, guided by research and logic rather than emotion and desire. That can bring comfort to investors who are relying on their portfolios to prepare themselves for the future, and to sustain themselves and their loved ones in the years and decades to come.

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AP review: At least 13 auto safety rules are years overdue

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WASHINGTON — After their 16-year-old daughter died in a car crash, David and Wendy Mills wondered whether she would be alive if federal rules on rear seat belt warnings had been issued on time.

Four years later, with no rule and traffic fatalities spiking, they’re still at a loss over the inaction.

The teenager was riding in the back seat of a car to a Halloween party in 2017 just a mile from her house in Spring, Texas, when she unfastened her seat belt to slide next to her friend and take a selfie. Moments later, the driver veered off the road and the car flipped, ejecting her.

Kailee died instantly. Her three friends who remained buckled walked away with minor scrapes.

A 2012 law had directed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an agency of the Department of Transportation, to implement safety rules requiring car manufacturers to install a warning to drivers if an unbuckled passenger is sitting in a rear seat. The agency had three years to act.

But the regulation wasn’t done when Kailee climbed into her friend’s car. It’s one of more than a dozen car safety rules now years overdue, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.

The ever-growing docket has become one of the biggest tests for the federal agency since its founding in 1970, when public pressure led by safety activist Ralph Nader spurred NHTSA’s mission to “save lives, prevent injuries and reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes.”

Advocates worry that the agency has lost focus and risks getting bogged down under President Joe Biden, at a time of increasing road accidents and reckless driving during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We need a call to action,” said Jonathan Adkins, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association. He called the pandemic surge in accidents a “car crash epidemic.”

The rules backlog would only increase with the sweeping technological requirements included in a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill pending in Congress, from new breathalyzer devices that would disable a car if a driver is drunk to stiffer standards for reporting safety recalls.

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What to Watch on Streaming This Week: Oct 15 – 21

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Brian Cox and Sarah Snook in Season 3 of Succession. Macall B. Polay/HBO

This week offers a fantastic mix of new and old content to watch across streaming platforms. There’s new seasons of returning favorites, some overlooked recent horror, and series premieres that are sure to entice audiences en masse. With so many options, we’ve whittled it down to a select few for you to keep an eye on this week. So, in the spirit of Succession Season 3, buckle up fuckleheads!

What to watch on Netflix:

You

This beloved guilty pleasure-slash-genuinely good television show is returning to Netflix for its third season. Things are different this time around, though, with Victoria Pedretti’s Love striving to keep Penn Badgley’s Joe and his violent obsessive tendencies in check—sort of. A new baby, a new suburban lifestyle, and a new set of neighbors are more than enough to send Joe and Love down a new chaotic spiral, one that will likely live up to the dark fun of the first two seasons. You Season 3 premieres October 15.

Vampires vs. the Bronx

A Halloween romp that unfortunately went under the radar last year due to COVID-19 release complications, Vampires vs. the Bronx is the perfect film for anyone looking to have both a good think and a good time. Clocking in at a clean 86 minutes, the movie follows three courageous young boys as they try to stop the gentrification of their beloved multicultural borough from bloodsucking, property-buying vampires (what a mix!). The movie blends its smart social commentary with creepy horror, updating the vampire genre in fun and interesting ways. And, as a writer in the borough, I simply have to rep the Bronx and all of its wonderful creatives any chance I get. Vampires vs. the Bronx is available to stream on Netflix now.

What to watch on Hulu:

Attack the Block

If a sci-fi horror action flick with the added charm of British humor is what suits your fancy this week, Attack the Block is the movie for you. This small-scale creature feature from 2011 focuses on a misguided group of teens in London who are forced to face off against hair-raising aliens who threaten their home. The movie has some great performances from John Boyega and Jodie Whittaker, pre-Star Wars and pre-Doctor Who, respectively. The film is a blast, and boasts some of the creepier creature design in recent memory. Attack the Block is streaming on Hulu now.

What to watch on Amazon Prime:

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Amazon Prime Video’s much-hyped horror series is finally premiering on the platform this week. Taking inspiration from the 1997 film and novel of the same name, this new show promises scares and twists on top of its chilling premise; one year after a fatal car crash, a group of teenagers find themselves inextricably linked by a dark secret and fear of a killer. It is a series where every character has a secret—some more deadly than others—making it a perfect Halloween binge. The first four episodes of I Know What You Did Last Summer premiere on October 15, with the rest coming out on a weekly basis on Fridays.

What to watch on HBO Max:

Succession

Why eat the rich when you can watch them eat each other alive? HBO’s acclaimed series is finally returning for Season 3 to bring the wealth wars back to your screen. This satiric take on the ultra-wealthy and their infighting has brought a new level of bite of television, from some of the coldest insults ever recorded to poignant references to real-time billionaires and the consequences of their greed. And, of course, endless amounts of Cousin Greg—a man who’s all killer, no filler in the midst of his Gregxit. With two previous seasons at ten episodes apiece, you have some time to play catch up before the season gets fully underway. Succession is keeping up its high standards of television excellence as it starts its third season, which premieres Sunday, October 17.

What Happened, Brittany Murphy?

HBO’s two-part docuseries promises an in-depth look at the life and death of the effervescent young star Brittany Murphy. Best known for her supporting roles of Tai in Clueless and Alex in 8 Mile, she rocketed to fame as a rom-com queen with the talent to deliver more serious, dramatic performances. However, her promising career came crashing down in December of 2009, when she died at 32. What Happened, Brittany Murphy? promises to provide new information and perspectives on her death and the Hollywood culture that likely contributed to it. What Happened, Brittany Murphy? premiered on October 14 and is available to stream now.


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A man killed two people in Culver Township early Saturday morning before killing himself after a police chase.
At 1 a.m. Saturday, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office responded to a request from a father to check on his son who lives in Culver Township north of Brookston on the 9000 block of Eklund Road in Culver Township, the sheriff’s office said in a news release Saturday morning.

The father went to the home before deputies arrived and found a dead man inside. Upon arrival, deputies found a second dead man outside the house, the sheriff’s office said.

As information was being gathered, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper saw a vehicle moving a few miles from the scene and attempted to pull it over.

“The driver of the vehicle fled from the trooper and a short pursuit ensued,” the sheriff’s office said. “While the pursuit was underway, the lone male driver was determined to be the homicide suspect. During the pursuit he called 911 and confessed to the murders, also indicating he wanted to kill himself.”

When law enforcement used a pursuit intervention technique, or PIT, maneuver on the suspect’s vehicle, it went into the ditch near Big Lake Road and Twin Lakes Drive. When the vehicle stopped, the sheriff’s office said the suspect shot himself and died at the scene.

The names of the victims and suspect will be released once family members have been contacted.

The sheriff’s office said it is not seeking additional suspects, and that “there is believed to be no further threat to the public.” Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call 911 or the St. Louis County Sheriffs Office Investigative Division at 218-336-4350.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and their Crime Scene Team is assisting with the investigation. The Fond du Lac Police Department, the Cloquet Police Department, the Carlton County Sheriffs Office and the Minnesota State Patrol also responded.

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Germany Plans to Return Over 1,000 Benin Bronzes to Nigeria in 2022

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Benin bronzes at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg. Daniel Bockwoldt/picture alliance via Getty Images

On Thursday, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the information and culture minister of Nigeria, announced that Germany and Nigeria have signed a letter of intent that states that the return of over 1,000 Benin bronzes to their country of origin is now underway. Specifically, the new plan specifies that the process leading to the exchange of the objects will kick off in the second quarter of 2022, and that plans for the new agreement will be solidified in December of this year. Amongst a ongoing worldwide process of different countries figuring out how they’ll deal with their Bronzes, Germany has shown unique willingness to cooperate.

In March, representatives from Germany’s cultural departments began meeting with Nigerian politicians to discuss the return of the Bronzes. More definitive plans were solidified over the summer, and now, it looks like things are more or less official. “The German government and the German people have taken a courageous step by declaring their willingness to return the artifacts voluntarily and without great coercion on the part of Nigeria,” Mohammed said in a statement.

The Berlin Museum currently has approximately 400 Bronzes in its possession, while other museums in Germany, including the Linden Museum in Stuttgart and the Museum am Rothenbaum, also have Bronzes that they’re going to return. The British Museum in the U.K. and the Quai Branly Museum in Paris have also expressed interest in returning their Bronzes to Benin, but these institutions have not moved with the same swiftness that Germany has as a cultural collective.

“As far as we know today, the Benin bronzes were largely acquired illegally,” Hartmut Dorgerloh, the director of the Humboldt Forum in Berlin, told Artnet News back in March. “What consequences these decisions will ultimately have for the planned presentation of Benin bronzes at the Humboldt Forum is currently being discussed and will decided in consultation with the partners in Nigeria. One thing is certain, the exhibition will address the injustices.”

Germany Plans to Return Over 1,000 Benin Bronzes to Nigeria in 2022

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Suspected DUI driver allegedly causes multiple crashes on I-25 in Denver

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A driver going north in the southbound lanes on Interstate 25 early Saturday morning in Denver allegedly caused multiple crashes as other drivers tried to avoid them, police said.

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